Greece and Mesopotamia: Dialogues in Literature

Greece and Mesopotamia: Dialogues in Literature

Hardback W.B. Stanford Memorial Lectures

By (author) Johannes Haubold

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  • Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Hardback | 236 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 230mm x 20mm | 540g
  • Publication date: 25 June 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 1107010764
  • ISBN 13: 9781107010765
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 1 b/w illus. 3 tables
  • Sales rank: 1,693,942

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This book proposes a new approach to the study of ancient Greek and Mesopotamian literature. Ranging from Homer and Gilgamesh to Herodotus and the Babylonian-Greek author Berossos, it paints a picture of two literary cultures that, over the course of time, became profoundly entwined. Along the way, the book addresses many questions of crucial importance to the student of the ancient world: how did the literature of Greece relate to that of its eastern neighbours? What did ancient readers from different cultures think it meant to be human? Who invented the writing of universal history as we know it? How did the Greeks come to divide the world into Greeks and 'barbarians', and what happened when they came to live alongside those 'barbarians' after the conquests of Alexander the Great? In addressing these questions, the book draws on cutting-edge research in comparative literature, postcolonial studies and archive theory.

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Author information

Johannes Haubold is Professor of Greek at Durham University. He is the author of numerous publications on Greek literature in its historical and cultural context, including Homer's People (Cambridge University Press, 2000); Homer: The Resonance of Epic (2005, with B. Graziosi) and Homer: Iliad VI (Cambridge University Press, 2010, with B. Graziosi). He has edited Plato and Hesiod (2010, with G. Boys-Stones) and is currently editing the first ever collected volume on the Babylonian-Greek priest and historian Berossos, entitled The World of Berossos (with G. Lanfranchi, R. Rollinger and J. Steele).

Table of contents

Introduction; 1. Parallel worlds; 2. Over the horizon; 3. Scripts from the archive; Further dialogues.